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Lippo Vanni, Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, c. 1343, tempera on panel, 98.5 x 51.5 cm, Lowe Art Museum, Miami
Elizabeth was the daughter of a king and later a countess, who was known for giving alms and building hospitals. After the death of her husband she joined the Franciscans and lived in poverty, eventually dying of starvation. A notable event in her life is the Miracle of Roses, in which she was questioned about what was hiding in her cloak when she was secretly bringing bread to the poor, and when she opened the cloak many roses appeared.
She traditionally wears either rich clothes (as can be seen here) or a Franciscan habit. Other attributes include a basket of bread, a pitcher, fruit, and fish. She is also often depicted giving alms to the poor.